1980 Dallas Cowboys Season
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1980 Dallas Cowboys Season
1980 Dallas Cowboys season
OwnerClint Murchison, Jr.
Head coachTom Landry
General managerTex Schramm
Home fieldTexas Stadium
Results
Record12-4
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (Rams) 34-13
Won Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 30-27
Lost Conference Championship (Eagles) 20-7
The Cowboys playing the Eagles in the 1980 NFC Championship Game.

The 1980 Dallas Cowboys season was their 21st in the league. The team improved their previous output of 11-5, winning twelve games.[1] They qualified for the playoffs as an NFC Wild Card, but lost in the Conference Championship.

The season featured a very unusual end to the regular season. Going into the final week of the season, Dallas (11-4) played Philadelphia (12-3) at Texas Stadium. Under the NFL's tiebreaking rules, if Dallas could beat the Eagles by 25 points, they would earn the NFC East title and the number two seed in the NFC playoffs while Philadelphia would be a wildcard team. However, if the Cowboys lost (or won by less than 25) then the roles would reverse. Atlanta (12-4) had the number one NFC seed over either team in any scenario since they beat Philadelphia head-to-head and enjoyed a better conference record (10-2 vs. 9-3) over Dallas.

Dallas led the game 35-10 in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles rallied to lose only 35-27. This forced Dallas to play an extra week in the playoffs and a road game in Atlanta in the divisional round. Dallas ultimately lost at Philadelphia in the NFC Championship game.

Offseason

NFL Draft

1980 Dallas Cowboys draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
3 78 Bill Roe  LB Colorado
3 80 James Jones  RB Mississippi State
4 105 Kurt Petersen  OG Missouri
5 133 Gary Hogeboom  QB Central Michigan
6 162 Timmy Newsome  FB Winston-Salem State
7 189 Lester Brown  RB Clemson
8 216 Larry Savage  LB Michigan State
9 246 Jackie Flowers  WR Florida State
10 273 Matthew Teague  LB Prairie View A&M
11 300 Gary Padjen  LB Arizona State
12 330 Norm Wells  DE Northwestern
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

1980 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Dextor Clinkscale Safety South Carolina State
Anthony Dickerson Linebacker SMU
Don Smerek Defensive end Nevada

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance Recap
1 September 8 at Washington Redskins W 17-3 1-0 RFK Stadium 55,045 Recap
2 September 14 at Denver Broncos L 20-41 1-1 Mile High Stadium 74,919 Recap
3 September 21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 28-17 2-1 Texas Stadium 62,750 Recap
4 September 28 at Green Bay Packers W 28-7 3-1 Milwaukee County Stadium 54,776 Recap
5 October 5 New York Giants W 24-3 4-1 Texas Stadium 59,126 Recap
6 October 12 San Francisco 49ers W 59-14 5-1 Texas Stadium 63,399 Recap
7 October 19 at Philadelphia Eagles L 10-17 5-2 Veterans Stadium 70,696 Recap
8 October 26 San Diego Chargers W 42-31 6-2 Texas Stadium 60,639 Recap
9 November 2 at St. Louis Cardinals W 27-24 7-2 Busch Memorial Stadium 50,701 Recap
10 November 9 at New York Giants L 35-38 7-3 Giants Stadium 68,343 Recap
11 November 16 St. Louis Cardinals W 31-21 8-3 Texas Stadium 52,567 Recap
12 November 23 Washington Redskins W 14-10 9-3 Texas Stadium 58,809 Recap
13 November 27 Seattle Seahawks W 51-7 10-3 Texas Stadium 57,540 Recap
14 December 7 at Oakland Raiders W 19-13 11-3 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 53,194 Recap
15 December 15 at Los Angeles Rams L 14-38 11-4 Anaheim Stadium 65,154 Recap
16 December 21 Philadelphia Eagles W 35-27 12-4 Texas Stadium 62,548 Recap

Division opponents are in bold text


Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
• Cowboys 7 307 17
Redskins 0 003 3
  • Date: Monday September 8, 1980
  • Location: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
  • Game start: 9:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 78°F
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers (ABC): Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith


Week 2

1 234Total
Cowboys 0 1037 20
• Broncos 7 17143 41
  • Date: September 14, 1980
  • Location: Mile High Stadium
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 74,919
  • Game weather: Sunny; 67°F
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • Television network: CBS


Week 3

1 234Total
Bucs 7 1000 17
• Cowboys 7 777 28
  • Date: Sunday Sept 21, 1980
  • Location: Texas Stadium
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Sunny; 86°F
  • Referee: Chuck Heberling
  • TV announcers (CBS): Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier


Week 4

1 234Total
• Cowboys 7 777 28
Packers 0 700 7


Week 5

1 234Total
Giants 0 003 3
• Cowboys 3 1407 24
  • Date: Sunday Oct 5, 1980
  • Location: Texas Stadium
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 69°F


Week 6

1 234Total
49ers 0 707 14
• Cowboys 14 24147 59
  • Date: Sunday Oct 12, 1980
  • Location: Texas Stadium
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Sunny; 86°F
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • Television network: CBS


Week 7

1 234Total
Cowboys 7 300 10
• Eagles 0 1007 17
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Veterans Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,696
  • Game weather: Sunny; 69°F
  • Referee: Cal Lepore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier

Week 8

1 234Total
Chargers 3 2107 31
• Cowboys 7 7217 42
  • Date: Sunday Oct 26, 1980
  • Location: Texas Stadium
  • Game start: 9:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Clear; 55°F
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen
  • Television network: ABC


Week 9

1 234Total
• Cowboys 0 10314 27
Cardinals 7 377 24


Week 10

1 234Total
Cowboys 7 14140 35
• Giants 7 21010 38
  • Date: Sunday Nov 9, 1980
  • Location: Giants Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Overcast; 44°F, wind 12 mph
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers (CBS): Frank Glieber and Roger Staubach


Week 11

1 234Total
Cardinals 14 700 21
• Cowboys 7 1077 31
  • Date: Sunday Nov 16, 1980
  • Location: Texas Stadium
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 44°F, wind 18 mph


Week 12

1 234Total
Redskins 0 307 10
• Cowboys 7 007 14
  • Date: Sunday Nov 23, 1980
  • Location: Texas Stadium
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 47°F, wind 8 mph
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers (CBS): Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier


Week 13

1 234Total
Seahawks 0 007 7
• Cowboys 9 21021 51
  • Date: Thursday Nov 27, 1980
  • Location: Texas Stadium
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 40°F, wind 14 mph
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen


Week 14

1 234Total
• Cowboys 7 930 19
Raiders 7 330 13


Week 15

1 234Total
Cowboys 0 0014 14
• Rams 7 21100 38
  • Date: Monday December 15, 1980
  • Location: Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA
  • Game start: 9:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 60 F, wind 5 mph
  • Referee: Gene Barth


Week 16

1 234Total
Eagles 0 01017 27
• Cowboys 7 1477 35

[2]

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent Result Game Site Attendance Recap
Wild Card December 28, 1980 Los Angeles Rams (5) W 34-13 Texas Stadium 64,533 Recap
Divisional January 4, 1981 at Atlanta Falcons (1) W 30-27 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 60,022 Recap
NFC Championship January 11, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles (2) L 7-20 Veterans Stadium 70,696 Recap

Wildcard Round

1 234Total
Rams 6 700 13
• Cowboys 3 10147 34
  • Date: December 28, 1980
  • Location: Texas Stadium
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 64,533
  • Game weather: Sunny; 49°F


Divisional Round

1 234Total
• Cowboys 3 7020 30
Falcons 10 773 27


Conference Championship

1 234Total
Cowboys 0 700 7
Eagles 7 0103 20
  • Date: January 11, 1981
  • Location: Veterans Stadium
  • Game start: 12:30 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 70,696
  • Game weather: Sunny; 17°F
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • TV announcers (CBS): Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier
Veterans Stadium during the 1980 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys, January 11, 1981.

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Philadelphia Eagles(2) 12 4 0 .750 6-2 9-3 384 222 L1
Dallas Cowboys(4) 12 4 0 .750 6-2 9-3 454 311 W1
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 4-4 5-7 261 293 W3
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 2-6 4-10 299 350 L2
New York Giants 4 12 0 .250 2-6 3-9 249 425 L2

Roster

References


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